Stephanie Kopacz

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Overnutrition is one of the major causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is characterized by an accumulation of lipids (triglycerides) in hepatocytes and is often accompanied by high plasma levels of free fatty acids (FFA). In this study, we compared the energy metabolism in acute steatotic and non-steatotic primary mouse hepatocytes.(More)
The interactions of long chain (greater than C7), alkyl compounds with tightly coupled, beef heart submitochondrial particles (SMP) have been investigated with respect to their effects upon respiratory chain-linked electron transfer and energy coupling capacity. Long chain alkyl alcohols, amines, free fatty acids, and methyl esters exhibit a general(More)
(1) The pH dependence of the fluorescence intensities of 9-aminoacridines associated with energized submitochondrial membranes suggests that a mechanism(s) other than protonation of the dye molecules, as is the case with quinacrine, is responsible for the energy-linked fluorescence decreases of 9-aminoacridine and 9-amino-3-chloro-7-methoxyacridine(More)
9-Amino-3-azido-7-methoxyacridine has been synthesized and shown to be a suitable photoaffinity probe for the site(s) of interaction of 9-amino-3-chloro-7-methoxyacridine with submitochondrial membranes. Both the excitation and emission spectra of the azido analogue covalently bound to membranes in the energized state display distinctive differences from(More)
1. The absorption spectrum of quinacrine in aqueous solution, in the visible region, changes with the pH of the medium in the pH range from 6.0 to 9.0 with an isosbestic point at 353 nm. This indicates that the monoprotonated (quinacrine - H+) and the diprotonated (quinacrine - 2H+) forms of quinacrine at equilibrium in this pH range have a 1 to 1(More)
The ATPase activities and phosphoenzyme levels have been determined in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) membranes prepared from two animal models of muscular dystrophy, myodystrophic (myd/myd) and strain 129 dystrophic (129 dy/dy) mice. In both myd/myd and 129 dy/dy SR membranes, the basal ATPase activities are elevated above control levels, while the(More)
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